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School Programs

Give your students the chance to take their learning outside with the Humber Arboretum’s curriculum-connected outdoor education programs. We offer active and engaging half-day and full-day programs that allow children to connect with nature and the environment without ever leaving the city. 

Experience the Humber Arboretum

Education programs at the Humber Arboretum run year-round out of the LEED Gold-Certified Centre for Urban Ecology. The Humber Arboretum offers your class access to botanical gardens, forests, meadows, ponds, wetlands, and the Humber River itself.

Explore Colonel Samuel Smith Park

During May and June only, the Humber Arboretum also offers school programs at Humber College's Lakeshore Campus (Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Kipling Ave.). Experience the diversity of life at Sam Smith Park, a human-created urban greenspace.

Booking Information

Half Day programs (morning or afternoon) cost $8.50/student.
Full Day programs cost $13.50/student.
There is no tax for students aged 12 and under but HST will be added for all students aged 13+
Supervisors may attend for free at a maximum of 1 per every 5 participants. 

NEW! WINTER DISCOUNT - DEADLINE EXTENDED

Outdoor education is important in all seasons and to encourage schools to get outside during the colder months the Humber Arboretum is offering a seasonally-reduced rate for a limited time. If you book a school group visit for November 2017 or December 2017 before 4 pm on Friday Dec 1st, or for January 2018 before Friday December 22nd at noon, you will receive a 25% discount off the total cost of the trip (cannot be combined with year-round offers below). See our programs page for recommended cold-weather progams.

FINANCIAL NEED DISCOUNT

If you are a school in a low income area and require financial assistance we offer a year-round program fee of $6.75/student for a half-day program, which includes the use of a lunch space.  Groups are welcome to spend the other half-day exploring on their own. To access this reduced fee the Arboretum will need to receive a letter from the Principal identifying the schools' financial need in advance of the trip. 

ECO-FRIENDLY TRANSPORT DISCOUNT

To support schools who are eager to reduce their eco-footprint, a 15% discount off the per-student rate is available to visiting school groups who walk or take public transit to reach the Humber Arboretum. Please indicate your intention to take advantage of this discount before the day of your trip and confirm your transportation choice with Arboretum staff upon arrival. 

Each class/group is considered a separate booking. Each class/group booked can have a maximum of 30 participants, unless otherwise approved by Humber Arboretum staff. Each class/group division will be charged for a minimum of 20 participants per school program. (Note: if this is a problem for your groups please contact us; we may be able to help).

Indoor lunch space is available at both locations and is included with a full day booking. If you are only booking for half-day you may choose to add lunch space use for an additional fee of $50 per space, which must be booked in advance. Two spaces are available.

We will contact you within 3 business days of submitting your online booking registration form. Your group will be tentatively put in our calendar, and confirmed by email within a month of your requested date (If you are booking a date less than a month away, we will do our best to confirm with you as soon as possible).

Your visit is not considered confirmed until you have received written confirmation by email and the Consent & Acknowledgement of Risk form included in the email has been signed and sent back to the Humber Arboretum. Please double check the information in the confirmation email to ensure it is correct.

Major changes to your group size (10+/-), must be confirmed at least 14 days in advance of your excursion. Smaller changes in group size must be confirmed 3 days in advance. Otherwise, you will be charged for the number of participants originally stated in the Program Booking Form, unless your group numbers exceed the original booking.

If the group cannot attend at its scheduled date/time, every effort will be made to re-schedule the trip during the school year. If that is not possible, notice of a cancellation must be received no less than fourteen business days prior to the scheduled visit, otherwise 50% of the costs outlined in the Program Booking Form will be charged to the group. You may cancel or make changes to your booking by email or by phone.